Nuno Espirito Santo’s job at Tottenham is not believed to be under any immediate threat even if they lose to Manchester United on Saturday. The clash between the two sides has been cruelly dubbed ‘El Sackio’ due to the precarious position both he and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer find themselves in at their respective clubs.
Spurs got off to a superb start under Nuno after he was appointed in the summer, winning their first three games in the Premier League and storming to the top of the table ahead of the first international break.
But since then they have badly faltered, and have lost four London derbies to Crystal Palace, Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham, managing just one goal in the encounters.
They still sit in sixth position in the table, and remain just two points off the top four.
However, supporters are growing frustrated with the negative football on show, with Spurs having only scored nine goals in the league – less than the likes of even Newcastle and Watford.
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Some have called for Nuno to be fired, claiming that it is already clear he is not a good fit for the club and that they are going backwards under his reign.
But according to the Evening Standard, even a bad defeat to United this weekend is unlikely to see the Portuguese dismissed.
The publication claims that there is an acceptance that the 47-year-old needs more time to implement his ideas, with Spurs in another transitional phase.
His sacking would also be another embarrassing move for chairman Daniel Levy, who would be forced to accept that he once again made a mistake by hiring him.
Nuno got a much-needed victory on Wednesday, although his team were once more far from inspiring in the 1-0 win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup.
He made the cut-throat decision to drop under-performing midfielders Dele Alli and Harry Winks from the squad which travelled to Turf Moor.
And speaking after the game he admitted Dele’s future in particular is far from certain.
“They are our players, we continue to focus on getting the best out of each of our players,” Nuno said.
“Dele is one of the cases we have to try and improve.
“We have a training session tomorrow and we will assess all the players like we always do.
“They are our players so anything is possible, this is my answer.”
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